Brazil possesses one of the most important mining industries in the world and Minas Gerais is the major producing state that offers the wider variety of ore minerals and semi-precious stones such as diamonds, emeralds, amethyst, imperial topaz, hematite crystal, aquamarine, opal, chrysoberyl, alexandrite, amazonite and much more; which are often associated with pegmatite minerals like tourmaline and quartz.

Precious Stones

As a matter of fact, the meaning of the name “Minas Gerais” is General Mines. Along the “Royal Road” of gold, people travel across the historical cities of Minas Gerais, such as Ouro Preto and Diamantina, making good deals for semi-precious stones and exquisite local handicrafts while enjoying the authentic charm of the colonial architecture and the romantic environment of the cities.

If such a journey interests you, have a look at the History, Culture and Art theme for more guidance.